Christmas Cake 2018

I LOVE Christmas cake.  I love making it just as much as I love eating it.  each year, I dig out the same old recipes from the same cooks (Delia Smith and Mary Berry) and read through their ingredient lists and methods with a feeling of happiness growing in my heart.  Then, the same thing…

Thank You

Just a quick non recipe post! I was just tidying up the office and found a USB stick by the computer. It was given to me by Delos and Yvette back in February. I’ve just had a quick look through, it is full of family recipes………. I am going to enjoy cooking and eating my…

A Taste of Mexico

On a recent trip to Mexico, I discovered a liking for Tequila!  Recently I came across a recipe for a Gin and Tonic Cake, which I really wanted to try, but sadly I had no Gin or Tonic in the larder, just some Duty Free Tequila and a lot of Limes in the fruit bowel….

For Friends

Baking for friends is one of the most pleasurable and stressful times! I am working on perfecting flavour combinations for a Chocolate, Ginger, Coffee and walnut cake.  I know, it sounds like a lot of flavours in one cake, but they complement each other so well!  Different layers of sponge, different buttercream flavours, all moulding…

Just the One?

I know I don’t need to say this, especially to the UK readers, but you can tell it’s now the 6th November as all the Christmas Adverts have started in earnest!  I have to say, so far my favourite is the Marks & Spencers Advert, and no, sadly this is not a paid for post!…

Stage 1 ~ Done!

My Christmas cake has cooked. I’m a little concerned about the texture, as the bottom feels a little bread puddingy, but all in all it seems to have held the fruit evenly and it feels very light. It’s still too hot to wrap up, so in what has become a tradition for me, I have…

A Near Upside Down Disaster

Ever had one of those moments when you are in the kitchen, your starter of guacamole and minty yoghurt dips have been created, the Thai chicken curry is bubbling away nicely in the pan, the water is simmering ready for the egg noodles and rice, and the cake batter for the pineapple upside down cake…

The Best Made Plans . . . . . .

Illness has plagued the Muddy Kitchen Floor this week. No one here has been ill, unless you count A’s pulled muscle in her back. Rather, the plans of dinner parties & entertaining have had to be cancelled. On Wednesday, I had planned to make chicken schnitzel with my now wordpress famous stir fry coleslaw, with…

So It Begins . . . .

It’s something I have always wanted to do, create a online journal/Blog of my cooking adventures. I aim to post all the triumphs, all the disasters, and all the culinary adventures which will happen in the kitchen, or to me. There is not much to look at right now, I have only just set up…